While we enjoy the spectacle of fireworks—the lights, the sound, the colors—most dogs do not react well to the display. Some are scared and fearful, running away from their homes or hiding from the sound, and others are curious and chase, bark, and get too close to the action.
Having a dog around fireworks is never a good idea. Fireworks that “launch” into the air could be chased by a curious dog and scooped up in the dog’s mouth when the firework falls to the ground. Even city displays can be a potential hazard to your dog. Since a dog’s hearing is ten times more sensitive than our own, the noise from a public display can be damaging and traumatic.
Because a frightened dog is not always a rational dog, the best thing to do is leave your dog at home on the 4th. Here are a few more things you can do to help keep your dog calm throughout the evening:
- While leaving your dog indoors will not prevent them from chewing or scratching a door to pieces, a crate is a great option for keeping them safe and restrained.
- If your dog is extremely jumpy, you may want to consult a vet to recommend a sedative.
- Leave the television or radio playing to drown out the firework noise to help put your dog at ease.
- Close the blinds and curtains and leave the lights on to obscure any sudden fireworks flashes that may frighten or distract your dog.
The Fourth of July can be a stress-free holiday for your favorite canine companion when you take some simple precautions. Happy Fourth to you and to your furry friends!